RJ Elizarraz Rises from Homelessness to Become a Healing Hero

In the heart of Southern California’s Conejo Valley, RJ Elizarraz, the Founder and CEO of Oak Forest Recovery, stands as a testament to the transformative power of resilience and compassion. Born into a loving and successful family, RJ’s journey took an unexpected turn during his teenage years, leading him down a path marked by addiction and despair. By 19, he was fully engulfed in drug addiction, a struggle that eventually led to homelessness. Yet, it was in his darkest moments that the seeds of change were sown.

The Road to Recovery

RJ’s road to recovery was paved with challenges, each step requiring him to confront and overcome the resistance within. Embracing a new way of living, he sought guidance from those who had walked the path before him, immersing himself in a 12-step program and dedicating his life to helping others find their way out of the shadows of addiction.

Building a Legacy of Support

This commitment to service led RJ to establish a high-structure men’s sober living home, the first step in what would become a mission to provide comprehensive support to individuals battling addiction and mental health issues. The success of his initial venture spurred the creation of additional gender-specific sober living homes, and eventually, a PHP/IOP treatment center, expanding his reach and impact.

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rj elizarraz and friends

A Continuing Mission

Today, RJ oversees five sober living homes in the Agoura, Westlake, and Thousand Oaks area, each a beacon of hope for those seeking to reclaim their lives from addiction. His life’s work is driven by a deep-seated belief in the miracle of recovery—a belief born from his own experience of transformation. RJ’s story is not just one of personal triumph but a reminder that with the right support and a commitment to change, recovery is within reach.

At Oak Forest Recovery, RJ Elizarraz continues his mission, offering more than just a chance at sobriety; he offers a chance at a new beginning. If you’re struggling with addiction or mental health issues, know that you’re not alone. Under RJ’s guidance, and with the support of the Oak Forest community, you too can embark on a journey of recovery and rediscovery. You can be next.

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